Small animal hospital vet school

Veterinary Medicine

Cambridge gives you the unique opportunity to study to become a vet at the world’s premier science university – also consistently ranked as one of the best-funded and most productive UK universities.

Veterinary School Fiona Gilsenan

There are many good reasons for choosing to read Veterinary Medicine at Cambridge. Our course is very practical, with plenty of animal contact from the beginning of the first year all the way through to the lecture-free final year. This is underpinned by an unrivalled high quality scientific education which equips you uniquely to problem-solve in veterinary practice or in whatever future career you chose.

The key to being a skilled vet is combining practical skills with excellent grounding in the science underlying practice. You will be fully immersed in our environment of cutting-edge biomedicine, and experience shows that this makes our graduates better equipped to deal with the high pace of change in veterinary medicine, and poised for a wide variety of flexible and challenging careers.

A major feature of the Cambridge course is its practical emphasis. From your first week, you learn handling and management skills in all the major domestic species, and subsequently with amphibians, reptiles, birds and ‘exotic’ mammals. Our students have the use of superb facilities at the Clinical School – bespoke consultation and examination facilities, imaging and surgical suites, a linear accelerator for radiotherapy, clinical pathology and post mortem labs, also a Clinical Skills Lab is available 24 hours a day for students in all years.

The unique opportunities provided by a Cambridge veterinary education are invaluable in our graduates’ future career progression and flexibility. Indeed, external feedback confirms that our graduates are better equipped to deal with unexpected clinical situations and the high pace of change in veterinary medicine.


Small animal hospital Vet School University of Cambridge

The Cambridge Veterinary School is the smallest UK vet school, training around 70 each year, and this is central to our students’ experience. Right from the start, you will be in very small dissection, animal handling, and lab practical groups. You will also benefit from Cambridge’s unique ‘supervision’ small group teaching system – which gives you regular opportunities to consolidate your learning and follow up on your interests. Later in the course, the small class size become even more valuable. Our clinical rotation groups are tiny, which ensures a high caseload, and thus more experience and confidence by the time you qualify.

Almost all Cambridge vet graduates go into veterinary practice when they graduate, and many stay for the rest of their careers - in farm, equine, small animal and exotics practice, in the UK and across the world. Those who decide to do further training, or study for qualification as a veterinary specialist find that the unparalleled scientific and clinical training they received at Cambridge puts them in an excellent position to further their career. 

Financial support

Veterinary Medicine students at Wolfson College are eligible for the Alborada Scholarships. The Alborada Scholarships will be granted to those students for whom the funding will have a significant impact, enabling them to study at, or continue to study at, Wolfson College. An annual scholarship of between £10,000 and £20,000 will be offered for at least three years per student. Please see our Awards & Bursaries for more information. 

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Academic Requirements

Applicants must have an A Level in Chemistry, and one in Biology/Human Biology, Physics, or Mathematics.  However, most successful applicants have at least three science/mathematics A Levels at grade A* or A.  Affiliated applicants additionally need a good BA Honours Degree with at least a 2.1 grade.

Applicants holding qualifications they believe to be equivalent other than the International Baccalaureate and Scottish Highers will need to demonstrate, convincingly, that those qualifications involve a comparable level of scientific and mathematical understanding, and are advised to contact us for guidance. Information on international A level equivalent qualifications can be found here.

It should be stressed that the requirements detailed above represent a minimum or threshold standard: most successful applicants obtain at least three A-levels (or equivalent) in pure sciences and mathematics, at Grade A or A*.

We are looking for students who are highly motivated and enthusiastic about Veterinary Medicine and have the academic ability to learn very fast in a demanding course. Candidates should have strong scientific interest: unlike many other Vet Schools, where the emphasis is placed very much on small animal practice etc. the Cambridge course is ideal for those who, while wishing to become practicing vets, are also interested in the study of disease and in research developments.

Applicants for Veterinary Medicine are not required to sit the BMAT for entry in 2018 onwards. Instead all applicants to the Veterinary Medicine course are required to take the Natural Science pre-interview written assessment. More information on this can be found on the University website.

For much more information about the Cambridge veterinary course, including the structure of the course, vet student life at Cambridge, the careers of our vet graduates, and specific information for mature, graduate and non-UK applicants, see visit the Cambridge Veterinary School’s website.

The Directors of Studies are Wolfson Fellows Dr Lesley MacVinish (Pre Clinical) and Prof Alun Williams (Clinical)

Find out more about the Veterinary Medicine course on the department website and the University Undergraduate Prospectus.